Historical Hall of Fame: Candace Schafer-Southard of Warhill HS is Virginia's 2008 "History Teacher of the Year" recognized
in the VDOE/Gilder - Lehrman National Competition
Virginia History Series
Williamsburg-James City County teacher Candace Schafer-Southard is an 11 th-grade Virginia and United States History teacher
at Warhill High School in Williamsburg. A high school teacher for over 10 years, Schafer-Southard is known for her innovative lesson
plans that help students experience history through the eyes of those who lived it by recreating historical experiences.
students use technology to find primary source documents, paintings, photographs, music and other artifacts to explore U.S. History.
From this research, students experience the lives of individual soldiers from the Civil War and Vietnam War. Schafer-Southard's
students interview relatives to make connections between recent history and their own families as they learn how events such as wars
and segregation influenced their lives and communities.
"Candace Schafer-Southard ignites within her students a passion for
history that she first experienced when she was a child," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Billy K. Cannaday. "Her students
understand how the present is shaped by the past and the importance of history to thoughtful citizenship."
Of her successful teaching
strategies, Schafer-Southard said: “By incorporating into my lessons the wonderful technology we now have available here at Warhill
High School, my students can now examine primary source documents, paintings, photographs, music and other artifacts to see that history
is not just old news by old dead people, but that history is alive in them. My hope is that I will ignite the same spark in
my students that was lit inside me when I was a girl that has yet to be extinguished.”
Candace Schafer-Southard (Above) in Historical Period Costume